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Booking a BCG Vaccine at our clinic

BCG is the vaccine that protects against Tuberculosis (TB)

BCG vaccine comes in multidose vials that only lasts a few hours once opened.

We book those who need it into ‘BCG clinics’ to minimise waste and make it cheaper for those vaccinated. Clinics are generally run on Tuesdays and Fridays but not every week.

The BCG is a live vaccine, so must be given on the same day or one month apart from other live vaccines. (The routine 12 month and 18 month vaccines are ‘LIVE’ so the BCG vaccine must be given the same day or one month after or one month after the 12 and 18 month routine vaccines.)  Note that we can give these live routine vaccines in this clinic ( for free ) on the same day if required

The BCG vaccine takes about 3 months to be fully effective so needs to ideally be given well in advance of first departure overseas. It can be given from birth.

Cost of BCG

The cost to have the BCG is $248. The doctor’s consultation costs $90 and you will get back $37.60 from medicare. The vaccine costs $158 and this may be claimed from your private health fund if you have ‘extras cover’.

If your child has travelled out of Australia already, they need a Mantoux skin test, two days prior to the BCG.

So it is accurate, the Mantoux test must be done at least 3 months after their trip/ after the child’s return to Australia.

Mantoux costs $154 for consult and test, and you get $37.60 back from medicare.

Please note as we are opening a multidose vial for the clinics, if persons fail to give 24 hours notice for cancelling an appointment, we must charge a $50 cancellation fee.

Before coming to our clinic – in Brisbane

You must bring the RED BOOK to your appointment. Please bring a sheet to swaddle baby for the vaccine. We have some information here that gives tips on giving vaccines to children.  There is a study of babies receiving BCG that shows that babies suffer less pain from BCG if swaddled and breastfed within 45 mins before the vaccine, so do that if possible. At present, with COVID restrictions,  we can only accommodate a maximum of two persons to accompany the child to their appointment.

Getting here 

Central train station is only a 4 minute walk away.

If you need to drive, the closest parking is next door at the Post Office Square carpark. This is not our carpark but There is a 15% discount available for our customers, but you have to pay online before you come to the city using the secure parking website  –  full details click here. )

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